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Cal Football Hosts No. 5 Oregon
Courtesy: Cal Athletics  
Release:  10/08/2001

Oct. 8, 2001

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Cal returns from a bye week to host a nationally ranked opponent for the second consecutive time Saturday - the fifth-rated Oregon Ducks.

Despite an 0-4 record, the Bears are coming off of their strongest outing of the season. Although Cal fell to then-No. 13 Washington, 31-28, Sept. 29 in Memorial Stadium, the Bears showed impressive flashes of play on offense, defense and special teams.

Cal jumped out of the gates quickly against the Huskies, scoring two touchdowns in the first quarter on drives of 90 yards (14 plays) and 72 yards (10 plays). At one point, the Bears owned a 214-1 advantage in total yards. QB Kyle Boller finished with a career-best four touchdown passes, including one in the game's final five minutes to nearly bring the Bears back from a 10-point deficit.

On the defensive side of the ball, Cal's front four proved for the first time this year that they are capable of putting pressure on the quarterback. DE Tully Banta-Cain registered a pair of sacks, with DT Daniel Nwangwu bagging one of his own. Overall, the Bears held UW to just 2.6 yards per rush.

In the special teams category, Jemeel Powell had a 21-yard punt return and LaShaun Ward brought back a kickoff 37 yards - the longest of the season for both players.

Cal should get a further boost this week with the return of WR Derek Swafford, a starter the first two games of the year who has been out since spraining an ankle vs. BYU. However, it appears WR Geoff McArthur will miss the rest of the year and apply for a medical hardship waiver. He lacerated a triceps muscle in a non-football injury following in the Illinois opener.


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